Kate Strout
Co-Owner

I’m Kate! I am a dog mom, baker, and kickboxing amateur. I like doing a little bit of everything from photography, pottery, cooking, baking, cake decorating, and gardening. Learning new things every day has become an essential part of my well being.

Fitness is not my forte, but it is something I am learning to love. I had barely taken fitness classes before kickboxing, but hitting a bag fueled my fire. I began to push myself, feeling stronger after each class, and enjoying the company of new friends.

My passion lies more along the lines of empowering and supporting others. I think it is so incredibly important to be able to create an environment where anyone at any level can feel like they are being challenged and encouraged. Loving yourself allows you to see the beauty in others and understand that everyone has their own battles.

I love teaching, pushing myself, and learning new things, so why not?

“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.”

Stacy Strout
Co-Owner

My name is Stacy! I created the KUMA Kickboxing program as an opportunity to teach women of all fitness levels. Being able to form a bond and community with these women, is something I hold close to my heart.
 
I have been doing martial arts for over fifteen years, and still challenge myself to learn every day. Integrating these techniques into my classes creates a unique style of exercise. A significant amount of trial and error comes with this method, and I embrace every second of it.
 
When I am not teaching, I enjoy creating. Everything from throwing clay, painting watercolors, and graphic design. I live my life having a student mentality, always trying to improve and learn from the people around me. My Korean heritage has allowed me to explore another side of who I am, but being from the south, I still always love my biscuits and gravy.

Taylor
Studio Manager

Hi, I’m Taylor! After years away from fitness, I recently rediscovered my love and passion for it again! I’m incredibly excited to be working in an environment that’s so uplifting and empowering for women. I look forward to being a part of the Kuma team, and inspiring others to reach their fitness goals. When I’m away from work, I love traveling, photography, hiking and hanging out with my pup, Ayda.

Andrea Silva
Kickboxing Coach

Andrea here! I am new to coaching kickboxing, but a veteran to throwing jabs and hooks. I fell in love with kickboxing in high school at my local karate studio and, as an adult, attended Dojo Sante in Hudson, NH led by Sensei Matt. After moving to Maine, I was thrilled to find my new tribe at Kuma Fit, and beyond excited to share my passion through coaching.

I believe that women’s kickboxing is not only an incredible full-body workout, but also a holistic, supportive approach to fitness. The inclusivity and fun that comes with women’s kickboxing leaves you feeling strong, confident, and energized. In other words – a sexy beast!

As part of the Commercial Learning and Development team, I manage educational events for the western regions. My interest in event planning started by working at a Boston based lifestyle apparel company. I am from Chelmsford, MA, and currently live in Old Orchard Beach, Maine with my significant other and our Vizsla, Senna. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking with our dog, karate, and F1 Racing.

“You don’t need to be perfect. You just need to show up.”

Joyce Shaw
Kickboxing Coach

My name is Joyce, I’m a wife, mother to two very active boys, and I have two dogs. One of my passions is cooking and baking; finding new recipes to make every week.
I enjoy spending time in my gardens growing vegetables, herbs and flowers. I also love teaching my kids how to grow them.

Before my children, I had never stepped into a gym. After my first son was born, I tried many different types of fitness classes. Nothing seemed to fit just right, until I found Kuma Kickboxing two years ago.

I love kickboxing because going to class, even on “down” days, you leave feeling strong, happy and empowered. The women in this group are amazing. We are all different and have our own struggles, but we support and motivate each other. This is what was missing from the other classes I had tried.

When Stacy asked if anyone was interested in instructing, it seemed so natural for me. I want you to feel strong and empowered in this group, just as others have made me feel.

So, that’s why I’m here – I understand the struggle is real. Specifically, being motivated to get to class, staying fit, understanding nutrition, and eating healthy. When you are in a tribe of women who support each other and hold each other accountable, these struggles are easier.

I can’t wait to meet you! Welcome to our tribe.

Stephanie Miner
Kickboxing, Yoga, Body Flow Coach

Hi, my name is Stephanie Miner, and I am an instructor here at Kuma Fit. I have been a trainer for 25 years and love every aspect of it. I refer to myself as an Eclectic Trainer, meaning I love to take a workout and make it different every time. It is one thing to feel you have to work out and exercise, but when you actually enjoy yourself, it opens new doors. This is the goal for my clients.

Who says you can’t have fun while working out? Laughter, a great attitude, and enjoying yourself creates a perfect storm for a happy, strong mind and body. I have a specialty in Strength and Conditioning, training athletes of all ages. Some have even gone on to play at higher levels.

Outside of my love for training you can find me either in the kitchen with my girls, or at the softball field. I have four beautiful children, whom I have taught to cook from the time they were old enough to stir. One of our favorite things to do is to take a traditionally not so healthy dish and modify it, making it more naturally nutritious. I have taught them while healthy choices are important, you also can indulge once in a while. We all deserve, in this one life that you are blessed to live, to treat yourself with things that make you happy. With balance in your life anything is possible. Enjoy your days with good eating, laughter, balance and exercise!

Thayi Lim
Kickboxing, Yoga, Body Flow Coach

My name is Thayi! I am a mother of three amazing children. Orthodontist by day, and a group fitness instructor by night. My fitness journey started when my oldest daughter was five. I wanted to get myself into better shape by taking classes. It was exhilarating; I loved the physical and mental growth exercise gave me. I really enjoyed the way my body changed and how I began to feel.

Fast forward to today, I have been an instructor at the YMCA for twelve years, teaching various classes such as aqua, piyo, cardio kickboxing, HIIT, and yoga. I aspire to connect with my fellow community members and gain friendships throughout our journey together. I believe these connections will help strengthen the mind, body, and soul.

“A body in motion stays in motion” – Unknown

Anne Thurlow
Kickboxing Coach

I’m Anne! I started my fitness journey two years ago when I was searching for a karate class for my son. I stumbled upon KUMA, and when I saw that they also offered a kickboxing class for women, I was curious and decided to check it out. As a runner in high school, I had a foundation in fitness, but had gotten away from it due to the demands of working full time, and my desire to start a family.

After a short time attending kickboxing classes, I felt stronger and healthier.The workouts became an amazing source of stress relief. I look forward to the challenges of teaching the class and sharing all the benefits I have gained from my two years of KUMA kickboxing.

I live in Saco with my husband, my nine year old son, and our pets. Currently, I work full time at a veterinary specialty hospital. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, journaling, paper crafts, and photography.